The fire that destroyed much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is a tragedy that is irreparable. Even if the cathedral is rebuilt, it will never be what it was before. Stained glass windows and major architectural elements have been severely damaged and the oak frame totally destroyed. The spire that rose from the cathedral was a unique piece of art. It was drawn by the architect who restored the edifice in the nineteenth century, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who had based his work on 12th century documents.
In addition to the fire, the water needed to extinguish the flames penetrated the limestone of the walls and façade, and weakened them, making them brittle. The roof is non-existent: the nave, the transept and the choir now lie in open air, vulnerable to bad weather. They cannot even be protected until the structure has been examined thoroughly, a task that will take weeks. Three major elements of the structure (the north transept pinion, the pinion located between the two towers and the vault) are also on the verge of collapse.
Notre Dame is more than 800 years old. It survived the turbulence of the Middle Ages, the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, two World Wars and the Nazi occupation of Paris. It did not survive what France is becoming in the 21stcentury.
The cause of the fire has so far been attributed to “an accident,” “a short circuit,” and most recently “a computer glitch.”
If the fire really was an accident, it is almost impossible to explain how it started. Benjamin Mouton, Notre Dame’s former chief architect, explained that the rules were exceptionally strict and that no electric cable or appliance, and no source of heat, could be placed in the attic. He added that an extremely sophisticated alarm system was in place. The company that installed the scaffolding did not use any welding and specialized in this type of work. The fire broke out more than an hour after the workers’ departure and none of them was present. It spread so quickly that the firefighters who rushed to the spot as soon as they could get there were shocked. Remi Fromont, the chief architect of the French Historical Monuments said: “The fire could not start from any element present where it started. A real calorific load is necessary to launch such a disaster”.
A long, difficult and complex investigation will be conducted.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame—at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone—the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
In November 2015, on the night of the massacre at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, in which jihadists murdered 90 people, the French Department of the Interior said that the government did not know anything, except that a gunfight had occurred. The truth came out only after ISIS claimed responsibility for the slaughter.
In Nice, after the truck-attack in July 2016, the French government insisted for several days that the terrorist who crushed 86 people to death was a “man with a nervous breakdown“.
In 2018, Sarah Halimi’s murderer, who recited verses from the Quran while torturing his victim, was declared “mentally disturbed” and held in a psychiatric institution immediately after his arrest. He will most likely never face a court. On April 8, Alain Finkielkraut and 38 other intellectuals published a text saying that her murderer must not escape justice. The text had no effect.
The fire at Notre Dame took place less than three years after a “commando unit” of jihadi women, later arrested, tried to destroy the cathedral by detonating cylinders of natural gas. Three days before last week’s fire, on April 12, the leader of the jihadis, Ines Madani, a young French convert to Islam, was sentenced to eight years in prison for creating a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State.
The longer the truth about what is happening throughout Europe (which may or may not include the Notre Dame tragedy) is suppressed, the greater the reaction will be when the truth become clear. If it were to be revealed that the Notre Dame fire was another act of Muslim arson, that could be explosive.
Note that here at home, much was made of the burning of black churches in Mississippi, with the usual liberal-selected suspects named. Now that a suspect is in custody, what have we heard of that? Apparently, this guy was not driven by MAGA but by a rock and roll genre.
radicalized muslim terrorist-jihad and isis-how simple does it get. jihad has been operational since the beginning of the six century. read Ibrahim’s book Sword and Scimitar and garner a little knowledge.
Its a plan they are intentionally creating a crisis.
Will the people of Europe cry to the same people that created it to save them from it?
And, let’s say they do a really long, complex investigation.
What will we ever be told?
I doubt it.
Look at the Bataclan Theater in Paris’ massacre.
Yes, 90 people died (eventually.)
But how were they murdered?
Muslim terrorists sliced off the external genitals from both males and females.
Many of those were among the 90 dead.
But many of them survived.
Why is it we never hear them interviewed?
Maybe Ilhan Omar can tell us what it’s like to have all your external female genitalia removed and later get sown together so you look like a doll down there, with a small hole for peeing, later opened w/o numbing for sex, then later ripped open at childbirth.
She’s Somali Muslim and that’s the type of FGM they have there, well before age 13 when she came here.
But she seems more of the “misery loves company” type like those morality policewomen who beat other women as bad as they get it at home.